Thinks...

by David Lodge | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014100021x Global Overview for this book
Registered by nice-cup-of-tea of Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on 3/8/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Bought at "Kunst & Krempel", Caritas Zürich, Birmensdorferstr. 53, 8004 Zürich (opp. Bahnhof Wiedikon)
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I've read this before, but can't remember it at all, other than it's brilliant because it's David Lodge!
Will journal once I've read it...


Journal Entry 2 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, March 21, 2005
I read this a while ago, and have just re-read it - I'd forgotten how good a book it is. Mind you, David Lodge is one of my favourite authors, his prose is witty, intelligent and usually has an academic theme.

Think.... is about human consciousness, about how we experience our subjective thoughts and feelings, and how these are present in the world around us. The story revolves around Ralph Messenger, cognitive scientist and Helen Reed, novellist and teaching creative writing. The context is the fictional Gloucester University (although it sounds strangely like UWE in Bristol!) and during the course of the book the attraction between the two characters gets stronger....

The meat of the book is in the journals of both characters - a written diary in Helen's case, and a voice recognition dictated file in Ralph's case - and through this medium we explore their perception of their consciousness. Occassionally there is an 'overhead' or omniscient narrator. At a higher level, the 2 characters represent the age old science / art dualism, and the style of their journals reflect this. A brilliant read!

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